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Millions of EU funds to be lost to Dublin Mid-West as only 1.6% of €4m EGF funding spent – Ó Broin

27 January, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin can today reveal that only 1.6% of the €4.15million European Globalisation Fund for redundant Lufthansa Technik workers has been spent. In a Parliamentary Question reply submitted via Mary Lou McDonald, the Minister of State Damien English has admitted that only €68,306 of the €4,150,000 EGF fund has been spend to date.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

“A European Globalisation Fund programme was agreed by the European Commission in 2014 for 424 redundant Lufthansa Technik workers and 200 young people not in education training or employment in Dublin Mid-West. 60% of the €4.12 million fund comes from the European Commission. Any monies unspent by September 2016 must be returned to the Commission.

“The European Globalisation Fund has been dogged by controversy under both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael and Labour as millions of euros of unspent training funds have been returned to Brussels.

“The last seven EGF programmes have had a total underspend of 40% with €25 million being returned to the European Commission.

“For a number of months, I have been trying to establish how much of the €4.15m allocated to the Lufthansa programme has been spent to date. Unfortunately the Minister has consistently refused to publish this information despite the fact that the EGF managing group keeps a running total of estimated expenditure.

“I can now reveal that only 1.6% of the €4.15million European Globalisation Fund for redundant Lufthansa Technik workers has been spent. In a Parliamentary Question reply submitted via Mary Lou McDonald, the Minister of State Damien English has admitted that only €68,306 of the €4,150,000 EGF fund has been spend to date.

“This is a shocking revelation and clearly signals that the Lufthansa EGF programme is preforming much worse than previously programmes.

“With only nine months left of the programme, it now looks like the return of funds will exceed the 40% of previous programmes. This means that millions of euros that should have been spend providing training opportunities for redundant Lufthansa workers and unemployed young people will be lost.

“It is clear that Minister of State Damien English and his boss Minister Jan O’Sullivan have failed to fix the problems with the management of the European Globalisation Fund. Unfortunately, the big losers are the hundreds of people from Dublin Mid-West who will have lost real training opportunities because of Government incompetence.” 

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